Wi fohrt bi de Flying P-Line|
Un Geld kriegt wo gorkein.
Un "Pamir" heet de Schleden,
Un von 'n Dübel ward he reeden.
De Kaptein is de Dübel,
Un de Erste dat Übel.
2. Lustig ist die Reederei,
3. Nach dem Süden fährt das Schiff,
4. Eines Tages: Wum bum bum,|
Fällt der ganze Kasten um.
Dies geschah nicht weit vom Strand,
Was sich nennt Kanakenland.
5. Kanake dort im Busch rumort:
6. Sie schiffte sich nach Hamburg ein
Carl Laeisz put his ships on the South American nitrate trade.
Meine Schiffe können und sollen schnelle Reisen machen (My ships can and shall make fast voyages), Carl Laeisz said. And his ships were indeed fast, strong, and very well equipped.
In 1912 Carl's sons Herbert Ferdinand and Erich Ferdinand took over the company, but Herbert was a victim of the first World War, so between the wars Erich ran the company by himself. He died shortly after World War II.
Most of the ships that Laeisz ordered were built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, and a great number also by Tecklenborg, Geestemünde. The most famous of the P-liners, as the ships were called, are their only five-masted barque, the Potosi, their tremendous five-masted full-rigged ship, the Preussen, and finally the last ships they ordered; the eight sister ships. These ships have been called the greatest sailing ships ever built, and the ultimate cargo carriers under sail. They were built for the tough voyage around Cape Horn westwards.
According to this, the shanty in question cannot be older than about 150 years.
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